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Infrastructure Space: lifeblood of the spaces we inhabit

Book launch and public debate at AEDES Forum, Berlin on Friday, January 20, 2017

“Infrastructure Space” was inspired by the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum – a symposium that …
“Infrastructure Space” was inspired by the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum – a symposium that examined how to deliver long-term infrastructure that is aligned with sustaining human habitat.

A collection of 25 essays inspired by the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum on “Infrastructure Space” will be launched in Berlin on Friday January 20, 2017. Infrastructure networks determine the structure of buildings, cities and metropolitan regions. Taking this critical leverage into consideration, this book calls for expanding and renegotiating the roles of infrastructure not only as a technical, but also as a political, economic, social, and even aesthetic matter of concern for all in achieving a more sustainable way of life. 

As part of the launch event, two researchers featured in the book ill present case studies from Egypt and the Barents Sea that expand the roles of infrastructure. 

The event will be in English. Admission is free. Please register at reply@ancb.de.

Infrastructure Space (Book Launch & Public Debate)

Friday, January 20, 2017 from 18:30 hrs.
ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstr. 18-19, 0119 Berlin, Germany


Welcome & introduction

Dunya Bouchi, Managing Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin

Ilka Ruby, Ruby Press, Berlin

Edward Schwarz, General Manager, LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Zurich


Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Architect and urban designer, currently completing her PhD on Food and Territories, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) – Biopolitics on the Nile: The Toshka Project

The Toshka Project in Egypt is a huge infrastructural venture that includes the largest pumping station in the world and a 310-kilometer-long water channel, planned to convert one million hectares of the Western Desert into an agricultural land. Although politics often claims hydrological infrastructure as evidence of national technological achievement, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes shows how managing the Nile under the auspices of food security works as a control not just of water, but also of population and territory.

Nancy Couling, Architect and PhD graduate, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Lausanne) – The Urbanization of the Ocean

The urbanization of the ocean is a phenomenon hard to perceive and still largely outside urban discourse, yet transforming vast areas of sea, mostly through infrastructure. Here, the planetary scales of oceanic systems and urbanization processes merge. In the Barents Sea, Nancy Couling shows how primary geometric urbanizing devices colonize ocean space and prepare the ground for increased petroleum activity, in stark contrast to the spatial logic and biological scale of the ocean site itself.


Moderated by Sarah Nichols, Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for History & Theory of Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)

Infrastructure Space, edited by Ilka & Andreas Ruby, with a Visual Atlas by Something Fantastic. Berlin, Ruby Press, 2017. English, 421 pages, 17,5 x 23,5 mm, hard cover, linen, ISBN: 978-3-944074-18-4, 48 EUR. The book will be on sale during the event or online at: ruby-press.com

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